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  1. Please add people tagging feature!!!! For tagging people using @.

    Not having this makes Google docs so much better for collaboration. Tag people and create an alert for people tagged to create the viral loop and bring them back into the doc for live collaboration. Little things make a big difference.

    9 votes
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  2. notification option

    excel should have option to request an access if its locked by some user

    3 votes
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  3. Send notification to user who checked out the Excel. Better use Excel Online

    Make user aware that working in Excel Online enables multiple users working/editing on the Excel file. Edit in Excel will lock the file.

    17 votes
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  4. Do not use colons in the sharing link as it does not work well with chat programs.

    Use a shortened link or don't use colons or other protected characters in the URL when sharing a link as it doesn't work well with chat programs.

    2 votes
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  5. Excel files over 5 mbs

    If someone share a link to an excel file and the file exceeds 5 mbs, you cannot open the file. There should be an option (prompt) allowing for a user to download the file provide through the link.

    In trying to share a file from OneDrive on my phone, I have no way to share a large file that is too large for most to receive via email and too large for a user to open via a link

    10 votes
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  6. Option to download shared office files instead of only opening online.

    A client shared an encrypted spreadsheet with us via their OneDrive account. We receive the link, but the link only allows us to attempt to open the file with Excel Online, which can't be done because encryption is not supported. I'd like to be able to download a file when someone shares it with us, not just open it with the Online tools. There's absolutely no option visible to download the file.

    5 votes
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  7. Add Support for XLTX Template File Format

    It would be useful to be able to use XLTX Template File Format also in Excel Online. Some Templates from the Office.com Template Gallery support the "Edit in Browser"-Option, so it seems that basically the "template functionality" exists also in Excel Online. But - as far as I know - it is not possible to use my own template files (*.xltx) to distribute e.g. a data entry excel sheet which should be duplicated automatically after opening the file in excel online.

    8 votes
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  8. Do not lock Excel Online files ever

    Do not lock Excel Online files ever! No online file should get locked especially if users are using 2013 or higher Excel.

    15 votes
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  9. Please include chat like Google Docs has so you can talk to someone editing the spreadsheet

    I would like to chat with the person who is working with me on the spreadsheet without messing up anything inside of the actual spreadsheet. Please include a "Chat with Users" feature, where you can select from the people editing the spreadsheet and start a chat.
    Thank you (and great job on Excel Online)

    4 votes
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  10. Display the user who has the Excel sheet checked out

    There is currently no way to determine who has the Excel sheet locked / checked out. How does one determine who to talk to in order to allow the rest of the users access to the file?

    4 votes
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  11. Allow Full Collaboration Only (Prevent File Locking)

    This idea is all over this forum for a very long time in different wordings. Clearly this is a huge issue.

    MS, PLEASE add an option for files stored on Share Point and One Drive to "Only allow editing in full collaboration mode". This would mean a file would only be editable in the desktop version of Excel if the user is running 2016 and properly signed in to their Office365 account within Excel, thereby preventing file locking for other users.

    If not the solution above, at LEAST allow us to set a file to "Edit in Excel Online Only".

    27 votes
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  12. Improve large workbook compatibility and reliability with Excel Online for Coauthors

    I would like to request that more development of large multi co authored files be done to improve reliability, functionality and editing. Where files are heavily used and regularly hit the 500 version limit, issues come through with blocky jittery scrolling, loss of data entered in fields, slow loading, non saving etc.... Please fix these issues to make excel online a real beneficial tool.

    2 votes
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  13. Currently it is not possible to filter the lines with an option to leave the sheet unfiltered for the users. This would improve excel a lot.

    Currently it is not possible to filter the lines with an option to leave the sheet unfiltered for the users. This would improve excel a lot and would enable more convenient cooperation.

    4 votes
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  14. When editing online show the user that has the sheet locked.

    When editing online show the user that has the sheet locked.

    5 votes
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  15. please let me know who has the excel sheet checked out instead of just telling me it is checked out.

    please let me know who has the excel sheet checked out instead of just telling me it is checked out.

    7 votes
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  16. Please create option to receive notifications anytime a spreadsheet was edited. I see this currently for folders but not for individual spre

    Please create option to receive notifications anytime a spreadsheet was edited. I see this currently for folders but not for individual spreadsheets (Google has this feature and it is tremendously helpful). Also a running revision history would be helpful to show all persons who edited the sheet, then when you click on that person's revision, it highlights where they made the revisions (also another feature that Google docs has).

    11 votes
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  17. List of access users

    An overview who has access to the document, where you can add/remove users ad see who has been viewing/editing at what time

    4 votes
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  18. review feature please? For editing and suggesting with approver functionality for author

    Ability to edit and suggest in the doc for easier collaboration. Google is ahead here

    3 votes
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  19. Highlight cells

    Highlight or border around cells that an individual is on to show were they are in the sheet when sharing an excel sheet with others

    3 votes
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  20. Give Excel Online a third mode "Data Entry" (without saving the data into the file)

    With our Javascript Add-In "data.io" - you`ll find it in the Office Store / AppSource - we could use ONE Excel File in Excel Online as a single "data entry file" for 1000s of users within the same data collection / planning process.

    Unfortunately this doesnt work due to several reasons:
    1. For this purpose it would be perfect to do the data entry in "View Mode" and not in "Edit Mode" (since we don
    t want to save any data in the excel file itself).It would be a third mode "Data Entry Mode" since now it is not…

    3 votes
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